Ilaria Espa is a senior research fellow and lecturer at the World Trade Institute (WTI) of the University of Bern and a lecturer at the University of Milan. Formerly awarded a Marie Curie fellowship to conduct her post-doctoral studies at the WTI, Ms. Espa is a Member of the NCCR Programme in ‘Trade Regulation: From Fragmentation to Coherence’ and the scientific coordinator of the WTI Doctoral Programme. She holds a PhD in International Law and Economics from the Department of Legal Studies of Bocconi University and was a visiting scholar at Columbia Law School in 2012. Her research interests include International Economic Law, Environmental Law and Policy, and Climate, Energy and Natural Resources Law and Policy. Ms. Espa has consistently published in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals and she is the author of a monograph on Export Restrictions on Critical Minerals and Metals: Testing the Adequacy of WTO Disciplines (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
Ms. Espa is an elected member of the Committee of the International Law Association (ILA) on the ‘Role of International Law in Sustainable Natural Resources Management for Development’. She has served as a member of and contributor to the Expert Group on ‘Trade and Investment in Extractive Industries’ and the Task Force on ‘Rethinking International Subsidies Disciplines’ of the E15 Initiative, an initiative jointly implemented by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the World Economic Forum (WEF), as well as several other academic and professional associations. She has acted as consultant to a number of governmental agencies, NGOs, international organizations and business associations including the World Trade Organisation, the European Commission and the Swiss Federal Office of Energy. She is a frequent presenter at academic conferences and guest lecturer, and has also given numerous talks for non-academic audiences.